In Cellular Automatas , like game of life, different preliminary conditions will produce different pattern, that are unpredictable. Some of these large complex structures can effect on the internal simpler structures.

Also chaos, computation limit of our science, computability and other concepts maybe impact on the unpredictability.

My question is specially on downward causation. Does downward causation observable in the patterns of Automata that change dynamically?

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    Hi. Welcome to the Philosophy SE. This question is too broad for this communities format. Can you try narrowing it down a little? Thanks – Alexander S King Jul 17 '17 at 17:05
  • Game of Life is a Cellular Automata , introduced by Conway en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_Game_of_Life , that have constant laws for it's dynamics. it produce complex pattern that cant predict at first – jack cilba Jul 17 '17 at 18:48
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    I know what the game of life is, that is not the point. Your question is too broad - a comprehensive answer would require an overview of Cellular Automata theory, Chaos theory, and Turing limits. A short brief answer would not add anything new to what is already available from a brief google search "Cellular automata are Turing complete/Universal, etc.." and would be the province of theoretical CS more so than philosophy. So your question has to be more specific and philosophy related. – Alexander S King Jul 17 '17 at 19:00
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    I recommend you look into the work of Stephen Wolfram, who has thought long and hard on such issues (though you may or may not agree with some of his conclusions). – PMar Jul 17 '17 at 19:49
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    Zito's site Fractals, chaos, symmetry, physical laws and computer programs site has a page on chaos in cellular automata specifically. They are just a type of discrete dynamical system, so the question should have been asked on Math SE unless there is some related philosophical issue which I do not see so far. – Conifold Jul 17 '17 at 20:30